Okay, so I’ve been nominated to two rewards and as I was unsure whether to post about it or not I made a Twitter poll on my personal Twitter account, because in reality I’m on a hiatus because of health issues and I have friends who will chew me out when they see this blog post. Oops. Also that’s one long sentence. Double-oops.
As you may notice, I got overwhelmingly Yes on posting award stuff, and I listen to you, friends and readers, so here we go!
Let’s start with my older reward. I was nominated by my dear friend Nessa over at Another Gaming Day back in June, so it’s not that old. As I told her back then, I’m thankful for the reward, but I was confused as to why I was nominated because (at the time) I wouldn’t post anything like this and she should know that.
I needed to nominate enough people ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ
Basically, I was just an extra. True friendship, eh?
What is a Liebster Award?
Well, it’s an award that typically recognizes up and coming bloggers recognizes bloggers, by helping others discover new blogs and facilitate community building.
How does one get it?
In order to receive a Liebster Award, you must be nominated by a fellow blogger.
Here are the rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you and answer the 11 questions they’ve written for you.
- Nominate 11 people and give them 11 different questions to answer.
Nessa’s questions and my answers (lazily copied from the comment I made back then):
Sony, Sega, Microsoft or Nintendo?
Most of my games are on Playstation consoles, and I have more PS consoles than Nintendo. I’ve only played Sonic on the Mega Drive as a kid, so I don’t really have much to say and Shitsoft… Well…
Anime or manga?
Literature, always. So Japanese comics.
Games or novels?
Games or books? LMAO. Book series must be Book Girl and Sherlock Holmes maybe. Game series… .hack and Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts
RPG on games. Books would be horror, fantasy (but not high fantasy), crime, anything dark and digging into human mind, and any book that are emotionally painful in a good way. (I know that last two aren’t genres, but meh.)
Galge or otoge?
Any VN that suits my taste in literature really, but I mostly play otoge these days out of those two.
Do you like live action adaptations?
Nodame Cantabile live action series is comedy gold. It’s perfection. I also like Arrow and the Captain America films I’ve seen. In general not really interested in watching stuff though.
What media made you cry the most so far?
Media? Books I suppose.
PC, consoles, portables or mobile?
I prefer gaming on stationary consoles, but don’t like computers too much because they install lots of stuff. In other words, older consoles > newer consoles. I hate mobile though. All that crap I can review is not worth my time. Also, tablet is heavy.
Who’s your bias?
OST or pop music?
OST any day. My music library is like 90% OST and the rest is mostly Rock and metal.
What is your favourite game genre?
What is your favourite book genre?
What region do you prefer for comics? (Asia, America, Europe?)
Why did you start blogging?
What is the trashiest game you played or book/comic you’ve read?
Have you ever tried surströmming and if not, how do you think it tastes?
Have you ever tried mämmi?
What is the most disgusting (tasting, looking and/or smelling) national delicacy you know of (where you live?)
What is the funniest word you have heard? (And if not in English, what does it mean?)
Please share one personal thing about you. Why that one in particular?
In the console war, where do you stand?
My next nomination is from Pink over at Pinky’s Palace (who, also, got a nomination above). I was pretty surprised I got a nomination from Pink, as we’ve only recently got to know each other and I even more recently shared my blog URL. It’s kind of humbling to receive a nomination for an award and if anything I’m extremely grateful. I hope I can keep up entertaining you, my dear readers, because that’s actually part of my goal.
I’m going to go real emotional now, but part of why I blog is because I suffer from torturous pain and blogging has for years been a way for me to handle both physical pain and depression. For a moment I can forget how much pain I’m in and how disabling it is, because from time to time I can write, and reviewing means I can spend time in positions not as painful while getting content to blog about. And while it’s a way for me to deal with my pain, I hope it can make someone else’s day a little better. Make them laugh, think, agree and disagree with me. Make them forget some of the crap in their lives for just a moment. So, really, this award – regardless of why Pink nominated me for it – feels like I’ve managed to partly do what I’ve set out to do. And what I hope to do for another 10 years, as I wrote in my 10th blogoversary post.
Okay, that’s enough. I’m not an emotional person, so let’s get to it.
The rules for The Entertainer Award is:
- Write a post including the award picture.
- Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and of course ENTERTAINING!
- Add these rules to the post.
- Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
- Finally answer the questions below
Why did you start to blog?
I kind of answered this already. Waaaay back in 2006, I started blogging because I was depressed and in pain. I’ve been in pain for as long as I can remember and I’ve only know what is the cause for a year now. Until then I was a healthy person by medical standards. Clearly not true. Turns out I have a kind of rare genetic disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. You can’t cure it, but honestly I don’t give a shit. I just know what’s wrong with me and I’m happy with that. I’ve been forced to adapt to getting worse my entire life, so it was just nice knowing what’s the cause and actually not have to be like everyone else because I seem like a healthy person when I just keep getting worse every year.
Anyway, the real question is why I kept going over the years. Honestly, for a lot of the time… I have no idea. I didn’t have a goal with it and I was incredibly bad at making updates. Then I started writing about interests and I kind of just liked it better. It felt like I could share my thoughts on something I cared about and I felt more connected to it. Eventually it grew to be a wish to give others a moment of relief from their lives. That’s why I’m so dead set on having regular posts. You know, so people know that at this time every last Sunday in the month Anny has put up a post and for just a moment they can forget all that crap they go through. It doesn’t have to be torturous pain. Any struggle can be the crappiest thing in their life, be it a mental or physical medical condition, or not finding a job, or a bad test score, someone’s mum or dad being a pain, or your kids just won’t listen. A struggle is a struggle and I don’t judge, because I know we’re all different. I just wish you get a moment to forget whatever you’re going through. And that is, to be honest, what makes me keep writing.
I wish I could blog more, but my health is bad and unless I have a steady income from the blog itself or can officially retire or am too sick to work, I really can’t blog much more than I do right now. I can’t afford the content because most of it is from my own pocket and I’m really supposed to job hunt, but as you might understand I’m too disabled to work a normal job to get anything. Even an internship that doesn’t include physical labour is hard to find. (Also, because of this, I get incredibly happy whenever someone is ready to trade (for a drawing or painting or even a poem or short story) or give me a game (or books or comics), because while it gives me a moment of relief, I can give someone else – hopefully many people – a moment like that.
I totally went off-topic now. Lol. But it’s that important for me. I want to do what I can for whoever reading my blog to have a better day. Even if I’m trashing your favourite game or anime or book or comic. That’s also why I write stories – to give others relief.
What is your favorite book?
Tough one. Mostly because my favourite book is Osamu Dazai’s No Longer Human but that book is so depressing I can’t recommend it to anyone and I really want to pick one I can recommend. It’s a great book though, so if anyone wants to read about how it is to lack emotions, I think it’s definitely a great pick. If you’re very depressed or, like me, a very rational person who have a tendency to toss your emotions aside (admittedly I don’t do that anymore, but I used to rationalize them out, making me feel like an empty shell), I think you can find someone to relate to. But please, don’t commit suicide. I rather would like you to talk to someone. I’ll listen, so if you’re having a bad day, mail or tweet to me. Just don’t harm yourself.
If I can’t pick the most depressing book I know and love… Book Gi-… Never mind, that’s a depression series. Maybe some of Jules Verne’s books? They are sci-fi, but because we live in a world were going around the world in eighty days or going to the moon isn’t just a dream, they might actually be interesting to people not into sci-fi. I love the works I’ve read by Verne, and most of the books I enjoy are things that I can relate to (which is why, as I mentioned above, I’m not really into high fantasy). I like when I can connect it to the world I live in.
I also enjoy Sherlock Holmes. I know a lot of people can’t relate to Holmes, but I do, so I especially enjoy Holmes. Agatha Christie’s works are also very good, so I really enjoy those as well.
As comics count as literature, I’ll list a few of those as well, starting with Ao Haru Ride and Kimi ni Todoke. I’m not a fan of romance, but Ao Haru Ride is a well-written, though clichéd series, which I recently reviewed. In addition to the review, I can say that the characters are deeper than normal shoujo characters and are imperfect in the way that you can actually have interesting discussions about them. I’ve had one recently with my partner who both watched the anime and read the series. I suggest reading it, as the anime ends only a few volumes in.
Kimi ni Todoke is, admittedly, nothing I’ve read more than a few chapters from, because I used to be a subscriber of Bessatsu Margaret many years ago (in 2007-2008 or so), but the anime is very cute and what I’ve read is equally cute. It’s also pretty cliché in many ways, but the characters and the chemistry between them is very good and it’s worth a read.
In the dark fantasy category I especially like D.Gray-Man and Angel Sanctuary. They are both works that are fairly dark and really well-written. The art in Angel Sanctuary is absolutely lovely, and so does the art in D.Gray-Man because over the years. Definitely worth reading if you’re into dark fantasy (though I’ve heard rumours that Katsura Hoshino’s latest work on DGM is questionable – I haven’t read from the relaunch of the series, so I can’t say anything about that).
Less dark fantasy titles I really enjoy are W.i.t.c.h. by Barbara Canepa and Alessandro Barbucci. Later on there is basically no story, but it has a proper story for a very long time and I really do suggest reading the 12 first chapters which is the title’s length was supposed to be.
I also really enjoy Sailor Moon, and I doubt anyone is surprised by that. I haven’t watched the remake of the anime, which follows the original closely, but for anyone who watched the original anime, I really recommend the original work as well. It’s faster paced and the character depth is lacking, but Tuxedo Mask doesn’t throw roses and they aren’t as stupid because again, it’s fast pace in comparison to the 90’s anime adaptation.
Finally, I also want to add The Walking Dead to this list. I really like that series, which is a bit odd, but it’s more about the humans than the zombies and I like that.
What do you dislike the most?
Arachnids. I’m arachnophobic so spiders, scorpions, mites and so on scare the shit out of me. I get full blow panic attacks from seeing spiders in games at times. Scorpions are less scary, but somehow crabs remind me of spiders and I get terrified of those as well. And what’s worse, spiders are really common in games! WHY?! I wish all spiders were changed into bunnies instead. I don’t have to have a heart attack whenever there’s a spider in a game. GOD.
What is your favorite food item at the mall?
We don’t really have any malls where I live and I can’t really eat out much because of allergies and bowel issues. So I guess… whatever I happen to have with me that I cooked myself?
What is your favorite pastime?
Blogging. Writing. Reading. Gaming. Studying languages and literature. When going on this hiatus (Please, don’t kill me for writing this during my hiatus!) because of my health taking a turn for the worse, I wanted to put anything that I consider work and studying aside. I hit a wall though, because everything I do is either blog or story-writing related or is studying. Well and some volunteer work for That Game Club and Umeå’s Flute Society. I kept wondering what I would be allowed to do, because nothing seemed to be unrelated to what I consider work. I’ve completely blurred the line between work and play and though that’s supposed to be a good thing… It’s not if all you do is work and play at the same time. I’m a workaholic. So my favourite pastime is just doing what I do all day long. I had to limit what I was allowed to do at the end of the day and decided to try to create a stress-free period instead and limit time at my computer because of pains, but here I am, writing. God, I’m awful at taking vacations and I know my friends at That Game Club agree.
I don’t know. I really don’t read that many blogs and none of them regularly. I just kind of read them when I happen to come across a post. I’m good at blogging, suck at reading them. I spend too much time being a workaholic to read other people’s blogs unless their timing is miraculous and they happen to post while I’m on Twitter. But those I read are entertaining, but a lot of the time i don’t even know whose blog I’m reading. If you want me to read your blog, you should slap it in my face. Really. Otherwise I just forget. So 12 people who blog and think I might be reading their blog from time to time are welcome to feel nominated. Let me know if you feel included and I’ll list you.
(Let me know if you’re haven’t been nominated for the Liebster as well – I’ll list you as nominated!)
Finally, once I’m better, I plan on making a post where I answer your questions. Not entirely sure when because I’m honestly not sure when my health is going to get better. But it’ll be whenever I can sit up again without being in torturous pain, basically. You can mail your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, send me a DM on any of my twitter accounts, send an ask to me on Tumblr or even just comment here. Just let me know it’s a question for the Q&A posts.
What can you ask? Anything goes! The only thing I won’t answer is: what my full/real name is and my address or what my partner’s name is and his address. Anything else goes, unless VERY inappropriate. So just ask whatever you might be interesting in knowing.